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Glass is one of the oldest man-made materials and certainly the most mysterious. Smooth and hard, it is also fragile, and can be transparent or brilliantly colourful and opaque. Take a closer look at this unique and challenging material, considering the achievements of its greatest masters and innovative contemporary artists.Read more
Justine Hopkins read English and drama at Bristol University, then took an Art History MA at the Courtauld Institute and a PhD at Birkbeck College. Since then she has worked as a writer and freelance lecturer for a wide variety of institutions, is a registered lecturer for NADFAS and a regular contributor to the V&A programmes.
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Glass is one of the oldest man-made materials and certainly the most mysterious. Neither solid, liquid nor gas, neither crystal nor stone, it exists in a state of its own; smooth and hard, it is also fragile, fracturing to produce cutting edges of lethal sharpness. Glass can be colourless, transparent, brilliantly colourful or opaque depending on the precise balance of its chemical constituents; to be shaped it must be heated and reheated to extreme temperatures and as it cools it may shatter explosively without stringent precautions. Above all, worked glass is unpredictable: no two pieces will ever be identical, and what you think you placed in the kiln will rarely if ever come out exactly as you expected and planned. Glass is dangerous, difficult and glamorous; a combination which has fascinated craftsmen and artists, chemists and collectors throughout history.
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